Intimidator UTV Guide (Common Problems & Specs )

The Intimidator UTV is a relative newcomer to the Utility Task Vehicle scene that has rugged dependability. It’s capable of being a tough, dependable work vehicle and an exciting recreational ride. Like all motor vehicles, the Intimidator UTV has its share of issues.

The main problems encountered with owning an Intimidator UTV include engine overheating and coolant leakage, transmission problems, wiring issues, and battery failure. Not every Intimidator brand UTV will have some or all of these problems. Intimidator group has several brands and models which can have different problems and various issues.

Whether you own an Intimidator UTV or you’re thinking of getting one, you should know beforehand about possible issues, and recalls. Keep reading as we go over the most common problems and recalls. We will also help you with troubleshooting, and go over important information and Intimidator UTV specs. 

What is An Intimidator UTV?

Intimidator is a brand of UTV or Utility Task Vehicle, they are also known as Side by Sides. They are similar to ATVs, but with some big differences. UTVs carry two or more passengers, and drive like a car, complete with gas and brake pedals, and a steering wheel.

When using a UTV for work they are indispensable vehicles that help to move supplies, carry people, go where typical trucks and cars can’t and they have towing capabilities. When you need the maneuverability of an ATV with the versatility of a truck, the UTV is a perfect choice.

You can attach numerous accessories to these vehicles which makes them infinitely customizable. From plows and winches to tow hitches and dump beds, these vehicles will make work fun and easy.

When you’re out hunting, a UTV will help you carry all the equipment you can think of as well as haul out your game. Going camping? Take an Intimidator UTV to carry your tents, coolers, and supplies, and get to hard to reach places with ease. 

They also make great trail riders and mudding vehicles. They have 4×4 capability with all-terrain, mud-gripping tires for weekend excitement. When your car or truck is unable to get through the thick woods and narrow trails, the UTV tackles them with ease.

Who Makes Intimidator UTVs?

In 2013, husband and wife team Robert and Becky Foster started the Intimidator Group with the idea of making the best and most reliable UTV on the market. Located in Batesville, Arkansas, the Intimidator group has seen exponential growth.

Three years ago the Foster’s opened a 200,000-square-foot assembly and manufacturing warehouse. They now employ over 500 employees and have 5 unique brands including Bad Dawg UTV accessories, and Spartan Mowers. 

The Intimidator brand started in 2013 and has steadily grown in size and increased sales. They are now being sold in dealerships across 39 states.

The Toro Company purchased Intimidator Group and associated brands in January 2022. With the huge amount of resources available to Toro, we can only see Intimidator UTVs growing bigger and gaining new technology.

Intimidator UTV Specifications

Intimidator UTV 750CCIntimidator UTV 1000CCIntimidator UTV EV
Engine23HP Kohler Gas Engine24HP Kohler Diesel Engine30 Peak HP 48 Volt AC Electric
TransmissionAutomatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)Automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)N/AUp to 23 MPH
Frame and SuspensionDual A – Arm Independent Suspension
1.5″ x 3″ Powder Coated Fusion-Bonded Solid American Steel Bridge Frame
Dual A – Arm Independent Suspension
1.5″ x 3″ Powder Coated Fusion-Bonded Solid American Steel Bridge Frame
Dual A – Arm Independent Suspension
1.5″ x 3″ Powder Coated Fusion-Bonded Solid American Steel Bridge Frame
Primary Models & Their Specs
Engine83HP TGB83HP TGB24HP Kohler Diesel Engine
TransmissionAutomatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)Automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)Automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Frame and Suspension1.5”x3” Powder Coated Fusion-Bonded Solid American Steel Bridge Frame
FRONT & REAR SUSPENSION:Dual A – Arm Independent
1.5”x3” Powder Coated Fusion-Bonded Solid American Steel Bridge Frame
FRONT & REAR SUSPENSION:Dual A – Arm Independent
1.5”x3” Powder Coated Fusion-Bonded Solid American Steel Bridge Frame
FRONT & REAR SUSPENSION:Dual A – Arm Independent
Top Speed65 MPH65 MPH33 MPH
Different Models of Intimidators & Their Specs

In June of this year, Intimidator Group had a recall on their Intimidator and Mahindra brand UTVs related to throttle cables. In very cold temperatures the throttle cable can freeze in place. Drivers were not able to stop the vehicle, and some reports of bruises and minor injuries were indicated.

Recalls Associated with the Intimidator UTV

The Intimidator UTV models that were recalled for the throttle cable issue include:

  • Intimidator GC1K–Classic, Crew, and Truck. 2018-2022
  • Intimidator 750–Classic, Crew, and Truck. 2013-2022
  • Intimidator 800–Classic, Crew, and Enforcer. 2015-2018
  • Intimidator 1000 Diesel—Classic, Crew, and Truck. 2013-2022
  • Mahindra 750—Classic, Crew, and Truck. 2015-2022
  • Mahindra TGB–Classic and Crew. 2015-2020
  • Mahindra 1000 Diesel—Classic, Crew, and Truck. 2015-2020

On a few other models, there was a recall because of a safety belt technology problem. The vehicle is supposed to not exceed 15mph when the seatbelt is either not clicked, or is otherwise disengaged. Only the 2022 Intimidator GC1K model is being recalled for this particular hazard.

Aside from a few recall issues, what other problems might you face with the Intimidator brand UTVs?

While the Intimidator brand UTV is a great, off-road and work vehicle, there are common issues that purchasers have experienced

Intimidator UTV Problems ( & The Solutions)

Intimidator UTV Problems range from battery and wiring issues to transmission problems and overheating engines. Knowing what these complications are, you’ll be ready to tackle them if and when they arise.

1. Engine Overheating

Two of the main reasons your Intimidator UTV could start overheating is because the radiator is clogged, or you have a coolant leak.

Often, while out running through the trails and mud, the radiator can clog up. Just keep an eye on the engine temp while driving it. If the radiator does start to clog, clean it off to allow more airflow to help cool the engine.

The other problem is faulty radiator clamps. Check your radiator clams, because if they are blue, they need to be replaced. You can usually bring the UTV back to the dealership where you bought it and have them replace the faulty radiator clips.

2. CVT Transmission Issues 

UTVs often have Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT). These automatically shift through a range of gear ratios depending on speed and load. Sometimes they have issues such as belt slippage or failure. 

To prevent problems, make sure you check the fluid and only fill with the correct type recommended by the manufacturer, and don’t tow more than the vehicle is rated for.

If you have belt slippage or other transmission issues, contact your dealer. If it’s still under warranty, they should repair the CVT for little to no cost. You could also have a different transmission installed if the CVT has too many issues.

3. Headlight Wiring Problems

When the headlights go out, there could be a malfunction in the wiring, a blown bulb, a fuse that needs to be replaced, or a problem with the light switch itself.

Check the headlight first, while traveling through rough terrain, the headlight or bulb could have been damaged. Next check for blown fuses, or damaged wires. You should also make sure you check the battery and terminals. 

If you can find the problem, take it to the dealer so they can track down the problem for you. Speaking of the battery, let’s talk about it for a second.

4. Battery Problems Sometimes Arise

Problems with the battery aren’t usually because of the vehicle manufacturer but associated with the battery producer. You may end up with a battery that becomes weak or won’t hold a charge. 

Be sure to check the terminals and thoroughly clean off any corrosion if there is any. When charging be sure to charge it fully. Don’t overcharge, or undercharge the battery because this can cause it to weaken.

You can also check it with a multimeter to see if it’s functioning properly. If the battery is not working as it should, you can replace it. 


Intimidator Group brand of UTVs is a great, overall brand. Sure, some will have a few problems, but what company never had some kind of issue with their products? The good thing is, most of these problems are minor. 

Knowing what to expect such as radiator problems and overheating, transmission problems, or wiring and electrical issues, you’ll be prepared for anything if they were to happen. Also checking on the few recalls these UTVs have had will keep you and your passengers safe.

Whether using the UTV for work or recreation, Intimidator knows how to get the job done with style and excitement.

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